By Steve Parrish, Jr., Worship Leader
Greetings, Elevate! Welcome to the next post in our “WHY’s of Worship” e.BLOG. As previously established by Jon Moody, the purpose of this blog is to highlight and emphasize the reason behind the things we do in worship. With that, let’s dive into this month’s topic: why we sing.
Why do we sing?
Singing, in and of itself, is a relatively easy thing to do. Whether or not the sound that comes from our mouths is good or not is another subject entirely. For me, my day begins with a concert in the shower as I sing whatever song is stuck in my head – don’t judge; you do it too.
There is a distinction to be made between simply singing the words of your favorite song and singing praises to God. As Christians, we would like to say that singing praises to God is an easy thing to accomplish, yet for some reason, it has the propensity to be difficult. We find it difficult because: we don’t like the way we sound, we don’t want other people to hear us, we aren’t in the mood to sing, or we just DON’T sing.
It’s easy to let the reasons it would be uncomfortable to sing cripple us in praising God. To some, praising the Lord is an easy task and one that involves very little resistance and yet to others, it can almost be like trying to climb Mt. Everest; a seemingly impossible task. Some of this is due to the simple fact that God has created us all so different from one another, something to not lose sight of.
So then why do we worship with singing? I will sidestep the most common response of “because the Bible says so” – though it does – and briefly delve into two reasons why we sing praise to God. The list of other reasons to sing is certainly extensive and I would never really be able to adequately write out each reason. However, I would urge you to do some investigating of your own.
We Sing To Make A Joyful Noise
Psalm 98:4 says, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth,” insinuating that whether or not the noise is pleasant to the ears is irrelevant. God isn’t interested in the quality of our singing, but rather that our hearts are engaged in the worship and the praise. It’s a matter of putting our hearts before whatever amount of vocal talent we have. If God was interested in only hearing perfect voices sing, well, no human on Earth would be able to sing praise to God seeing that it is impossible for imperfect man to complete a perfect task.
We Sing To Sacrifice
Sacrifice is a word that we Christians really aren’t fond of. When we think of sacrifice we think of discomfort, giving up things we don’t want to, and we often avoid it in favor of the easy option. Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” When we lift our voices to praise God, pushing aside our opinion of how we sound or whether the person next to us will hear our voice, what we are doing is offering a sacrifice of worship. Something truly amazing happens when we push through the initial resentment we experience and worship God with our voices in a corporate setting.
So the next time you have the opportunity to offer praise to God in the form of singing, I would encourage you to do so. There is nothing in this life like encountering God and singing praises to Him is just one of the ways we get to express our love, gratitude, and amazement of how good He is.